Wednesday's Powerball drawing could be one for the history books, with the jackpot rising to a record $550 million.
The prize for last Saturday's Powerball was $325 million - the fourth-largest in the game's history. For the 15th consecutive time, no players matched the winning numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.READ FULL CNNMONEY.COM STORY
Motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar died Wednesday in Dallas "after a short bout with pneumonia," his spokesman said. He was 86.
The self-described Undisputed King of Motivation was known for his seminars, which grew into large gatherings held in packed arenas.
Ziglar wrote more than two dozen books on salesmanship and motivation over the past five decades.FULL STORY
The U.S. government will block oil giant BP from new government contracts over its "lack of business integrity" stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
The decision follows the London-based company's agreement November 15 to plead guilty to criminal charges including manslaughter, obstruction of Congress and environmental violations related to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent release of about 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.FULL STORY
Fresh clashes broke out in Cairo on Wednesday near Tahrir Square, as riot police fired tear gas and charged at Egyptian protesters angry about a move by President Mohamed Morsy to extend his powers.
Dozens of police officers - backed by trucks firing tear gas - advanced across Simon Boulevard Square, arresting many young people, some of whom were beaten by officers. Protesters continued to throw stones at police.
The latest clashes come after huge numbers of protesters swarmed into the square Tuesday night into Wednesday, hoping to revive a democratic groundswell that swept the country's former strongman from power nearly two years ago.
Observers suggested the crowds were the biggest seen since former strongman Hosni Mubarak was forced out early last year following days of street protests.FULL STORY
The talk in Washington is all about the "fiscal cliff" and what the president and Congress need to do to avoid it. Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the fiscal cliff debate.
Today's programming highlights...
11:00 am ET - Amtrak reorganization hearing - What does the future hold for America's national rail service? Amtrak officials will testify before the House Transportation Committee.
A bus careened out of control in New York Tuesday night crashing into a home and killing a 6-year-old boy, police said.
The Nassau Inter-County Express bus was traveling on a Long Island roadway at about 9:30 p.m. when it swerved to try and avoid hitting a person. The bus driver hit the pedestrian, lost control of the bus and crashed into the front bedroom of the house, killing the boy, the Nassau County Police Department said.FULL STORY
Members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's M23 rebel movement said Wednesday they would withdraw from the captured city of Goma in line with a demand by regional leaders and the African Union.
The M23 forces will pull back to a position 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Goma, officers and soldiers from the group told CNN.FULL STORY
The attorney for a Florida man who shot at a car of unarmed teens over the weekend, killing one, says the incident bares no resemblance to the infamous Trayvon Martin case.
Her client, Michael Dunn, is no "vigilante" but did feel threatened and shot out of "self defense," the attorney said.
"There are no comparisons to the Trayvon Martin situation," said Robin Lemonidis, Dunn's attorney. "He is devastated and horrified by the death of the teen."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Havana early Wednesday for medical treatment, Cuban state media reported.
It's unclear whether the trip is a sign of a relapse of the cancer that has ailed him or is for a check-up.
Venezuela's national assembly on Tuesday voted to grant Chavez permission to travel to Cuba for the treatment, the state-run AVN news agency reported.
In October, Chavez was re-elected to a new term after having received treatment for cancer in preceding months.
Between June 2011 and May 2012, he underwent cancer treatment in Cuba, raising speculation about his political future and about a possible successor, especially when he named 10 people to his inner circle of advisers, known as the Council of State.FULL STORY